I just got the following e-mail from Peter Rocca, one of Nishijima Sensei’s Dharma heirs and the guy who took over for me doing the Saturday afternoon lectures at Tokyo University’s Young Buddhists Association. Dear Peter-san, I just informed by Yanagimoto-san, the organizer of Dogen Sangha’s Japanese class of that Nishijima Roshi left the hospital […]

Oh, Woah We’re Halfway There!

Whenever I’ve had the opportunity and/or annoyance of hearing folks talk about various meditation techniques and give big answer to big questions from their followers hungry for big answers to big questions, one common theme I’ve noticed is that whatever style of Enlightenment they’re talking about, or whatever euphemism they’re using for the e-word, the […]

Nishijima Sensei’s Health, Tassajara and c.

Lots of people are asking me about how Nishijima Sensei is doing. For those who don’t know, he posted a message on his blog saying he was going to the hospital and would not be posting for a while. I’m as much in the dark as anyone else about this. Apparently not even his Japanese […]


My latest article for Suicide Girls just went up. This is an attempt at answering the question I’m most frequently asked. Which is, “Where can I study Zen in my area?” Even people who have read the F.A.Q., where it says I don’t have a clue about that will write something like, “I know you […]


First off, please go read the Interview with Ethan Holtzman of Dengue Fever I did, which is now up at Suicide Girls. This interviewing stuff is a new thing for me that I hope to do a lot more of in the future. OK. I need some help. Please read the following carefully before responding. […]